ACE Courses & Independent Study

"Engagement in this sense is not just a proxy for learning but a fundamental purpose of education."- Lee Shulman, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching  

Academic Civic Engagement at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning.

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Applied ACE

Winter 2018

  • Sports and Globalization in London and Seville: Introductory Coaching Practicum
    Students will practice methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team-oriented sports in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Icons for All: A Public Humanities Practicum
    Students will focus on all aspects of mounting a successful public exhibition. They will develop the didactic materials for an exhibition on icons, including educational materials for K-12 and programming and docent training for adults.
  • Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.
  • Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans
    An examination of the recent literature on how adolescents develop their value system, explore their goals, begin to make a life-framing decision, establish new relationships, and discover answers to the question "Who am I?"
  • Physical Systems: Mechanics and Relativity
    The course moves beyond the Newtonian framework to address topics including special relativity and also selected applications to atomic, nuclear, and particle physics.
  • FOCUS Sophomore Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program. It will provide an opportunity to participate in STEM-based projects on campus and in the community.
  • Anthropology of Health and Illness
    This course examines patients, practitioners, and the social networks and contexts through which therapies are managed to better understand medical systems as well as the significance of the anthropological study of misfortune.
  • Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • Intermediate Spanish
    Through discussion of literary and cultural texts and films, as well as a review of grammar, this course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression.
  • West African Drum Ensemble
    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training in order to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa.
  • Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated hand building and throwing techniques and advanced problem-solving in ceramics.

Spring 2018

  • Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • The Ethics of Civic Engagement
  • West African Drum Ensemble
    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training in order to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa.
  • Visions and Visionaries: An Introduction to Visual Communication Analysis and Media Archeology
    This course, focusing on both theory and practice, will provide Spanish students interested in the representation of global issues, social movements, and activism the opportunity to explore the field of visual communication.
  • Sustainable Development
    This course is designed to give students the ability to recognize and address sustainable development issues in any context.
  • Intermediate German
    Continuation of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of longer texts, films, and other media from German-speaking cultures.
  • Environment and Society
    This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to a number of the pressing environmental changes currently facing human societies around the world.
  • Educational Studies Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education.
  • FOCUS Sophomore Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program. It will provide an opportunity to participate in STEM-based projects on campus and in the community.
  • Gender, Globalization and War
    This course examines the relationship between globalization, gender and militarism to understand how globalization and militarism are gendered, and processes through which gender becomes globalized and militarized.
  • Methods of Social Research
    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology. Topics covered include research design, data collection, and analysis of data.
  • Geology of Soils
    The study of soil formation, and physical and chemical properties of soils especially as related to geomorphology and land use. Laboratories and field trips will emphasize how to describe and interpret soils.
  • Pre-Student Teaching Practicum: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for helping secondary teachers learn to provide specific instructional support for secondary readers.

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Theoretical ACE

Winter 2018

  • Student Conversations about Diversity and Community
    Students complete readings and engage in experiential exercises that invite them to reflect on their own social identities and their attitudes toward race, gender, class, and sexuality.
  • Democracy and Dictatorship
    An introduction to the array of different democratic and authoritarian political institutions in both developing and developed countries.
  • Contemporary Issues in Critical Criminology
    Students focus on the United States with topics including white collar crime, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and other transformations in punishment, prisoner reentry, and the risk of recidivism.

Spring 2018

  • The Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • Mapping the World Before Mercator
    Students will examine the functions and forms of medieval European and Islamic maps and then look closely at the continuities and transformations in map-making during the period of European exploration.
  • Democracy and Dictatorship
    An introduction to the array of different democratic and authoritarian political institutions in both developing and developed countries.
  • Civic Engagement, Social Change, and the Participatory Video
    Students will understand how to produce an effective short participatory video, and learn practical tools and techniques used in visual persuasion—an essential learning outcome for an era in which video/image consumption is growing exponentially.
  • Educational Studies Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education.

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